The Hunger Games

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by Icetalavista, Feb 12, 2012.

  1. vesperholly

    vesperholly Well-Known Member

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    WTF? Talk about glomming onto an extremely popular series/film just for hits! :rolleyes: First of all, notice that no one quoted mentions anything about HG - it's purely the reporter who adds that bit in. Secondly, if you've actually read the books, there is never any mention of spiked boulders or pits of sharpened sticks. Please.
  2. MarieM

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    :lol: I can get your point because Abraham's daughter is also running back to back with Come away to the Water.
    It's very perfect for dance if you ask me. It has that same hypnotic quality you can find with Dead Can Dance work. See ?
    With both songs, you could play the canon choreography, like a line starts, and all the others go over it over and over again. Well. I'm gonna stop now.:lol:
  3. danceronice

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    I'm thinking my teacher will go for it because it could either be a very weak/cheated tango (which I'm good at) or a closer fit to international foxtrot (which it suits well, but at which I suck and therefore need to work on.) Either way it can be really, really over the top dramatic, which NP seems to like with me (when offered a choice of Mary Fahl's soft, pretty waltz "Going Home" or "You Know My Name" from Casino Royale, guess which one he picked?) But the new dress REALLY demands a Hunger Games theme...I think I need to start with twirling.

    And I lol'd, as I bought the Official Movie Book and the costumer was talking about Katniss's interview gown and using Swarovski and I was like HAH I KNEW IT.
  4. michiruwater

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    Those are the two songs I am addicted to, as well.

    Plus I was making my band warm up with thirds the other day and the most Hunger-Games-obsessed person in the band started complaining, "Why do we have to do thirds? Thirds are never in anything!"

    And then I asked her to play E-minor thirds and think about 'Abraham's Daughter' and she shut right up. :HA!: Thank you, Arcade Fire.
  5. Buzz

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    I have been thinking about districts 1 & 2 training their kids in academies and then have thm volunteer. Isn't it better that way so that they have the bet chance for survival and ensuring that the most volnerable like Prim and Rue are never selected?! BTW... Lionsgate are adapting another young readers series called Chaos Walking but hs latest sees sounds a little too weird for my tastes.
    http://www.hollywood.com/news/The_N...fman_Boards_Chaos_Walking_Adaptation/25174336
  6. jl22aries

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    I don't think that the kids not receiving training in the poorer districts was a matter of choice. People living in poverty do not have the luxury of training academies, nor the time for it.
  7. PrincessLeppard

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    The Chaos Walking series was a lot like the Hunger Games series for me in that the first two books were good, and the everything fell apart in the third book. I couldn't even read it; just skimmed and went to the end.
  8. Marge_Simpson

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    The bit about the kids from districts 1 and 2 training in special academies is from the film. In the books, it is mentioned that the kids in districts 1, 2 and 4 have been trained all their lives for the Games, hence their nicknames ("careers") but nothing is said about special academies for this.
  9. Buzz

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    Oh yeah I remember that now and still say it sounds much better than leaving it to chance. Another teen book being given the movie treatment s Miss Peregine's Home for Peculiar Chidren. Looking forward to ths one. :respec:
  10. Marge_Simpson

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    I loathed that book. Sorry. :shuffle: I got the impression that the author started with the photos and then tried to come up with a story that fit them.
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  13. Buzz

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    Oh dear... :wideeyes:


    P.S.
    Still hanging in there in 4th place. :respec:
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  14. Spareoom

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    There's a photo out there somewhere of Josh Hutcherson holding a fan-made sign that said that very thing. Apparently the cast got quite a kick out of that particular celebrity name. ;)
  15. Skittl1321

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    Not only was it not a matter of choice, it was specifically NOT allowed. The careers districts likely trained for the games because they provided services to the capital that also required those skills (Peacekeepers, for example) or were favorites so it was allowed...

    But even when they were going back into the arena Katniss mentions that they aren't supposed to be training before the reaping, but no one cares now.
  16. Zemgirl

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    ^ With District 1 it would have had to be allowed due to popularity; I can't imagine what making luxury items had to do with Hunger Games training.

    I hope that one was spelled correctly :p
  17. NinjaTurtles

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  18. vesperholly

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    This is my favorite version of it :)
  20. Artemis@BC

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    Aside from the economic disparity (lack of training opportunities in the poor districts), having only "trained" tributes compete would completely defeat the purpose of the Games, from the Capital's POV. They instituted the Games to keep the districts permanently in their place, subject to the tyranical control of the Capital. If parents of the most vulnerable children don't live in fear that their kids will be selected, the power over them is greatly diminshed. I'm actually surprised that volunteering, instead of leaving it completely to chance, is even allowed by the Capital at all.

    It's too bad that the movie wasn't able to fully illustrate the economic disparities -- both in terms of the hand-to-mouth existance in the poorer districts, and the gamble that youth like Gale and Katniss take by putting themselves up for extra entries for the sake of gaining some comforts for their families. Both aspects are mentioned/shown in passing, but unless you'd already read the book I don't think you'd fully absorb it -- and that's the kind of detail that really makes a dystopia story powerful (and relevant).
  21. Buzz

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    I have actually read all three books.
  22. Artemis@BC

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    ^ The "you" in my post wasn't directed specifically at you ... it was just less pretentious sounding than saying "if one hasn't the books ..." ;)
  23. Buzz

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  24. danceronice

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    ....The National Geographic channel just ran a commercial for the National Geography Bee finals, and ended it with "May the geographic odds be ever in your favor."

    I get it, kind of, twelve kids are chosen, only one can win, but...yeah.
  25. MarieM

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    :lol:

    I have bought most of the china glaze line for the Hunger Games. I looooooooove them :)
  26. BigB08822

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    So I FINALLY finished the entire series. I knew it would take me less than a day to finish Mockingjay once I opened it but it took me over a year just to get to that point. I started the book the about 2:00 pm on Wednesday and was done by the same time on Thursday.

    Why is this book so hated? I expected to be hating myself for even reading it based on what some people have said.

    Is it:

    Is it because she ends up with Peeta?
    Is it because she doesn't get to kill President Snow herself?
    Is it because she originally voted for another Hunger Games

    The last one actually bothered me...a LOT...and it was just kind of ignored which bothered me too but not enough to ruin the book.

    Or is it something else?

    Nevermind, I went through this very thread and read a lot of the spoiler tags that I avoided before. I wish I had not read them because honestly, the book sucks and now I realize it. :lol:
  27. Buzz

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    For me a lot of stuff in that last book don't make much logical sense. I'm not gonna bother restating exactly why i do not like the book much, instead i would rather others read it and come to their own conclusions. But I will say that the epilogue is the very best part of the book. IMVHO
  28. vesperholly

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    I didn't hate the last book, though I read it at the speed of light the first time. But it did feel hastily written and kind of spitballed together - if you look closely, it gets worse. The second book was so well done (I am a sucker and did NOT see the tribute twist coming), I thought the wrap up was going to be spectacular.

    What bothered me the most was how Katniss kept getting knocked out and we never got to experience the actual action. Her PTSD didn't bother me because it was consistent with the experiences.
  29. Icetalavista

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    Probably because Mockingjay didn't have an actual Games in it to focus action around, it seemed to meander and lack focus. that's the main thing that bothered me. I should reread it to give it another chance.
  30. PrincessLeppard

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    Why torment yourself that way?

    ;)
  31. martian_girl

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    This was kind of my problem with the last book, too. There were a lot of things that were great and authentic about it, but I felt like it needed to be a less rushed toward the end. Maybe another 50 pages would have done the trick.
  32. manhn

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    Finally watched the movie with my nephews this past Black Friday weekend--really enjoyed it, and think skaters should skate to the music. Got me interested in borrowing the books. Just finished the first book. Can I say I am utterly enthralled with Peeta? LOVE. HIM.

    I'm sad that the last book apparently sucks. But I will read it. I have to start the second one now, although it's past midnight...
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  33. Habs

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    I didn't dislike it.... :shuffle:
  34. Artemis@BC

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    It didn't suck. It just wasn't perfect. It felt as though it had been rushed to publication to capture on the popularity, without giving the author time to fully iron out all the kinks. So not the ideal way to end the trilogy, but it wasn't terrible at all.

    Now a lot of ├╝bers thought the very ending/epiloge did suck (think Team Peeta vs. Team Gale) ... but that's a whole 'nother issue.
  35. LilJen

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    I had heard that the author planned only two books but the publisher forced her into #3. So that'd be one reason Mockingjay wasn't as good or didn't "feel" right.
  36. Spareoom

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    I've never heard that...since when do people turn down the opportunity to make twice as much money by splitting the books up? Unless you're Tolkien's publisher, of course. But that was a different circumstance.
  37. LilJen

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    I don't think it was a "splitting up the stories" deal, I think she meant to end it at the end of Catching Fire?
  38. PrincessLeppard

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    You are correct. It sucked a lot.:p

    I was Team Neither, though I didn't like book Peeta (I like the movie character more), and I just thought the ending was ridiculous.
  39. Buzz

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    The ending was the only part of that book I did like. The rest of it sucked.
  40. rfisher

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    I'm astonished that there are still people who didn't listen to us. :drama: We told them the book sucked. A lot. And they just didn't listen. Sad. They must have all been students who didn't listen to their teachers either. :p